Deployment of Ill. National Guard unit canceled

January 16, 2010 1:18:28 PM PST
The soldiers of the Illinois Army National Guard's 233rd Military Police learned this week that they'll most likely not be going overseas this year.The Army canceled the unit's deployment because of the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq. The unit was scheduled to deploy in the spring.

Some soldiers skipped a semester of college in anticipation of deploying. Some employers may have hired temporary help believing a soldier who worked for them would be gone for a year.

Maj. Gen. William Enyart is Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. He says while many family members are relieved to hear the news, he thinks most of the soldiers are disappointed.

Guard officials say there's still a possibility that the unit will be picked up for another deployment.